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Profile of registrant

JT International Holding

Identification number in the register: 71175716023-03
Registration date: 14/06/11 14:33:32

The information on this organisation was last modified on 05/06/13 14:17:07
The date of the last annual update was 05/06/13 14:17:07

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: JT International Holding
Acronym: JTI
Legal status: B.V.
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Companies & groups

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Pierre De Labouchere
Position: Chairman of the Board of Directors

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Thierry Lebeaux
Position: Vice-President and Head of the European Affairs office

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: 46 Vreelandseweg 
Hilversum 1216 CH
Telephone number: (+0031) 356222821
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information: Japan Tobacco International
EU Affairs Office
Avenue Louise 489, Box 9
B-1050 Ixelles
Tel: +32 2 626 24 70

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: JTI – Japan Tobacco International – is the international tobacco division of Japan Tobacco Inc., the world’s third largest multinational tobacco company, with a global market share of 11% and market capitalization of approximately USD 32 billion.

Our company was formed in 1999 when Japan Tobacco Inc. purchased, for USD 8 billion, the international tobacco operations of the US multinational R.J. Reynolds.
In 2007, Gallaher, a FTSE 100 business, was acquired by Japan Tobacco Inc. for GBP 9.4 billion. At the time, this was the largest foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. 2009 marked JTI’s 10th year anniversary. We are a young company built on solid tobacco experience and the rich heritage of our parent company dating back to the 18th century.

We are headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 1999, our President and CEO is Pierre de Labouchere. Our Executive Committee consists of 17 members representing 12 nationalities. We are a truly international and multicultural business, employing 25,000 people around the world.

Our eight Global Flagship Brands constitute the core of JTI’s brand portfolio, which includes three of the top five worldwide cigarette brands: Winston, Mild Seven and Camel. Our portfolio also includes Benson & Hedges, Silk Cut, Sobranie of London, Glamour, and LD. We also sell other tobacco products such as Hamlet cigars, Old Holborn and Amber Leaf “roll-your-own” tobacco, and a Swedish-style smokeless tobacco, Gustavus snus.

We recognize that our products generate controversy; as such, we do not encourage people to smoke and we strongly discourage youth smoking. We recognize the health risks of smoking and try to reduce them. We are committed to developing reduced-risk products and fostering understanding between smokers and non-smokers, while respecting norms, legislation and cultures around the world. We are committed to providing a safe workplace for our employees and to conducting our business in a way that is environmentally sustainable.

We are open to, and seek dialogue with, governmental authorities around the world. In 2007, we signed a historic 15-year agreement with the European Union and 26 of its Member States to help combat the illegal trade of cigarettes. Since April 2009, all EU Member States are signatories to the agreement.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • sub-national
  • national
  • European
  • global

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 4
Complementary information:

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
Michael HACK 07/06/13 05/06/14
Benedict Robert James TOWNSEND 07/06/13 05/06/14
Paolo BOCHICCHIO 11/06/13 07/06/14


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Japan Tobacco International monitors a large area of EU policies and actively engages in customs, justice and home affairs, enlargement, taxation, consumer affairs, public health, internal market, external trade, and anti-illicit trade. Japan Tobacco International engages with EU institutions either on its own, and via trade associations of which we are members.

In particular JTI has worked on the consultation on the review of Directive 2001/37/EC, Commission Directive 2012/9/EU amending Annex I to Directive 2001/37/EC, Commission Regulation 684/2009 Council Directive 2008/118/EC, Definition of “rules of origin” for cigarettes in the framework of FTA’s, Action plan to fight against the smuggling of cigarettes on the EU Eastern border, modernized customs code.

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Competition
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Customs
  • Economic and Financial Affairs
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • Enlargement
  • Enterprise
  • Home Affairs
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Taxation
  • Trade


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Confederation of European Community Cigarette Manufacturers (CECCM) and most of its counterparts in EU Member States.
European Cigar Manufacturers Association (ECMA)
British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium (BCCB)
American European Community Association (AECA)
International Trademark Association
The Kangaroo Group
European smokeless tobacco manufacturers and distributors (ESTOC)
European Justice Forum
College Hill
European Smoking Tobacco Association (ESTA) (since Q4 2012)

Financial data

Financial year: 01/2012 - 12/2012
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: 500000  € - 600000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

Fees paid to trade associations are not included in this financial declaration as they are registered in the EU Transparency register.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.